Austria to reopen borders on June 15th, interior ministry announces

Austria is to reopen its borders with the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary on June 15th, the interior ministry said on Saturday, extending an easing of border controls to its eastern neighbours previously agreed with many of its neighbours to the west, Reuters reports.

The announcement follows a previously coordinated step to fully remove barriers on travel between Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein from June 15th onwards and ease restrictions on who is allowed transit in the meantime. Restrictions remain in place for transit from Italy.

“Our goal is to have as much freedom as possible and as few restrictions as necessary,” the country’s interior, foreign and Europe ministers said in a joint statement. “These easings create a bit more normality for people in the border region and make it easier for commuters to lead a smoother everyday life.”


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The EU began last week to push to reopen internal borders and restart travel, but recommended that Europe’s external borders should remain closed for most travel until mid-June.

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